De-stressing Doctors

A Self-Management Guide

By

  • Valerie Sutherland, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, Sutherland-Bradley Associates
  • Cary Cooper, CBE, BUPA Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Manchester School of Management, Manchester, UK

This invaluable guide shows doctors how to effectively manage their stress, before they become distressed.
The authors also acknowledge that doctors do not work in a social vacuum, and address the management, business and social positions doctors are expected to fulfil, in addition to their clinical role.
De-stressing Doctors: a Self-management Guide will help every doctor to become their own stress manager by integrating stress control techniques into the day-to-day profession of medical practitioner.
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Audience

Physicians, Medical Students

 

Book information

  • Published: July 2003
  • Imprint: BUTTERWORTH HEINEMANN
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8783-6


Table of Contents

PART ONE - THE FACE OF STRESS
Chapter 1. Stress is not a four-letter word
Stress - whipping boy or reality?
Not all stress is bad
The damaging nature of the stress response
Adaptive versus maladaptive ways of coping with stress
Change as a source of stress
A transactional model of stress
Defining stress

Chapter 2. Stress Diagnosis
Conducting a stress audit
Components of a stress audit
The stress diagnosis process
Who conducts the stress audit
Stress ill health and job dissatisfaction among GPs: a case study
The nature of stress among doctors
Stress and hospital doctors
Stress and general practitioners
Stress diagnosis: conclusion

PART TWO - MANAGING THE WORK ENVIRONMENT
Chapter 3. Time Management
Diagnosing time management problems
Using a time log
Action planning
Work smarter not harder!
Set SMART goals
Make and use lists
Manage time wasters
Managing meetings
Time management: conclusions

Chapter 4. Creating an Effective Work Environment
Macro Environment Stress
Managing physical work conditions
Micro Environment Stress
Managing your work space
Work smarter not harder II
Stress, new technology and computers

PART THREE - BEHAVIOUR AND STRESS
Why we behave in ways that cause stress
Chapter 5. Aggression and stress
Characteristics of aggression
Why we are aggressive
Consequences of aggressive behaviour
Dealing with aggression
Anger and conflict management
Understanding conflict
Anger management
Dealing with criticism
Role negotiation
Summary: managing anger

Chapter 6. Type A Behaviour and Stress
Measuring Type A behaviour
Characteristics of type A behaviour
Why we behave as an A-Type
The consequences of TAB at work
Managing Type A behaviour
Relaxation as a stress coping strategy
Relaxation techniques
Short relaxation exercise
Momentary relaxation
Breathing exercise
Venting steam
Social support as a stress coping mechanism
Exercise and stress control
Career sabbaticals
Type A behaviour: conclusion

PART FOUR: A STRESS MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
Coping With Stress - a personal action plan
Conclusion

APPENDIX I Daily Stress Log
APPENDIX II Time Log